Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Performance

The School of Music and Dance has the largest full-time, in-residence music faculty on the West Coast north of Los Angeles. The school is grounded in the strength of the traditional canon and fosters the creation and performance of new work.

In addition to the Graduate School’s requirements for doctoral degrees, the School of Music and Dance has the following core and general requirements. For additional information, contact the music graduate office or consult the Info for Grad Students webpage.

At least one-half of the required credits must be in courses intended for graduate students only.

When a graduate student is required to enroll as a full-time graduate student (e.g., doctoral residency, graduate employee), the student may not use undergraduate credits as part of the required 9 graduate credits for full-time enrollment. However, undergraduate credits that exceed the 9 graduate credits are acceptable.

MUS 611Research Methods in Music3
MUS 629Repertoire and Analysis3
MUE 641College Music Teaching3
Select two of the following:6
Music in the Middle Ages
Music in the Renaissance
Music in the Baroque Era
Music in the Classical Period
Music in the Romantic Era
Music in the 20th Century
Total Credits15

Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Performance

Options are available in bassoon, cello, clarinet, collaborative piano, data-driven instruments, euphonium, flute, horn, oboe, percussion, piano pedagogy and performance, solo piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, and voice.

Two or more seminars or courses in musicology-ethnomusicology or theory at the graduate level6-8
MUE 639Pedagogy and Practicum: [Topic]3
MUP 765Music Performance Studies: [Topic] (Performance Studies)24
MUS 607Seminar: [Topic] (DMA Thesis Organization)1-5
MUS 650–652Piano Literature 39
One of the following:6-18
Research: [Topic] (Lecture, Document)
Total Credits49-67
Additional Requirement

Three public performances (subject to prerecital approval by faculty jury) on the University of Oregon campus, including one solo recital. For students in the piano performance and pedagogy option: three public performances (recital, one-hour public presentation, one-hour public master class).

In addition, students in the collaborative piano option must meet the following requirements:

Collaborative Piano Option

MUS 555–556Lyric Diction6
MUS 567–568Solo Vocal Music6
MUS 575History of Opera4
MUS 691Collegium Musicum (one term)3
MUP 635Music Performance Studies: [Topic] (Performance Studies: Harpsichord)2
MUS 694Chamber Ensemble: [Topic] (Chamber Ensemble) (3 terms) 23
Two art history courses 38

Piano Performance and Pedagogy Option

MUE 528Music for Early Childhood3
MUE 571Piano Pedagogy I: Teaching Beginners3
MUE 572Piano Pedagogy II: Teaching Groups2
MUE 573Piano Pedagogy III: Teaching Intermediate Levels2
MUE 639Pedagogy and Practicum: [Topic] (Piano Pedagogy and Practicum II)3
MUE 639Pedagogy and Practicum: [Topic] (Piano Pedagogy and Practicum III)3
MUE 647Psychology of Music3

Violin/Viola Option

MUE 563Pedagogy Methods: Violin and Viola2
MUE 564Advanced Violin/Viola Pedagogy2
MUE 565Somatics for String Players1

Data-Driven Instruments Option

MUS 550Sensor Music3
MUS 570History of Electroacoustic Music3
MUS 571Musical Performance Networks3

General Degree Requirements

Other courses. Eight credits of nonmusic courses (excluding basic language courses taken to fulfill the language requirement) chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor. Students in the PhD program in music education are exempt from this requirement. 

Ensemble. Students in piano performance must enroll in three terms of piano accompaniment courses [The Collaborative Pianist (MUS 521)The Collaborative Pianist (MUS 522)The Collaborative Pianist (MUS 523)]. Students in music performance (collaborative piano option) must enroll in three terms of chamber ensemble accompaniment courses—Chamber Ensemble: [Topic] (MUS 694). Students in voice, wind, string, or percussion performance must enroll in three consecutive terms of band, chorus, or orchestra, and they must audition for ensemble placement before each fall term. Students in voice may substitute Opera Workshop (MUS 698) for chorus. 

In making assignments, a faculty auditioning committee and the performance instructors give priority to the University Symphony Orchestra, University Singers, Chamber Choir, and Oregon Wind Ensemble. Assignments take into account the student's preference, level of ability, major performance medium, educational and musical needs, and the needs of the school's ensembles.

Language. PhD candidates, except those in music education, must demonstrate proficiency in a second and third language, usually chosen from French, German, and Italian. DMA candidates must demonstrate proficiency in a second language, usually French, German, or Italian. Students in voice must complete two years of college study in French, German, or Italian and one year of college study in each of the other two.